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BREAKING: PAC seeking incorporation ballot measure

BREAKING: PAC seeking incorporation ballot measure

A political action committee (PAC) is seeking to revive an effort to incorporate Navarre into its own city. Navarre Area United PAC is scheduled to make an appearance at the Monday Board of County Commissioners meeting. Agenda documentation provided ahead of the meeting did not provide any information regarding the purpose of the meeting, only […]

Commissioners choose pier shortlist

Commissioners choose pier shortlist

County commissioners selected the shortlist of candidates to run and remodel the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Thursday during their regular meeting. The county started seeking a new operator to “build up” the pier several months ago in preparation for the end of the current operators contract. The commissioners indicated they would like to see a […]

Gaetz revives beach fee simple title bill

Gaetz revives beach fee simple title bill

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz will be speaking in person to the Santa Rosa County Commission Thursday morning about a new bill that could potentially allow Navarre Beach’s leaseholders to claim fee simple title for their properties without loosing the option of reopening Navarre Pass. The bill is written by Gaetz and is a continuation of previous […]

Topaz Beach clears lease potential snag

Topaz Beach clears lease potential snag

County commissioners approved a request to amend the lease on a seven-acre Navarre Beach parcel to allow construction of the proposed 66-house Topaz Beach subdivision, but the project hit a snag last night. The Zoning Board voted against two measures that would have altered setbacks on the property, allowing for more units to fit in […]

Pace of tourism growth slows

Pace of tourism growth slows

The rate of Santa Rosa County tourism tax collections, while still on the rise from recent years, has slowed a bit during the past four months and caught the eye of area leisure industry leaders. Although the county’s share of lodging receipts, the so-called bed tax, totaled about $93,000 in February, the latest figures available, […]

Renourishment tops local RESTORE proposals

Renourishment tops local RESTORE proposals

  Despite Navarre Beach renourishment’s top ranking in several local RESTORE funding categories, it’s not likely that Santa Rosa County will fund the proposal’s full $1 million request from that pot of money. The reasoning, according to County Commissioner Lane Lynchard, is because beach renourishment, which will total roughly $18 million, will happen “regardless” of […]

Candidates speak in Gulf Breeze

Candidates speak in Gulf Breeze

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce and United Peninsula Association hosted a candidate forum Aug. 11 that included invites to all statewide candidates, as well as candidates for Congress, the Florida House of Representatives, Circuit Judge and Santa Rosa County Commission and School Board. “There are so many more races on the ballot than county […]